FINNISH STARTUP Jolla announced the first smartphone to run its Sailfish mobile operating system (OS) on Monday, ahead of its European release later this year.
Despite us thinking the firm had named the phone "The Movement" as if it was a rapper or wrestler, the phone apparently is named, somewhat confusingly, Jolla. Its specifications are a bit more straightforward though, with the handset boasting a 4.5in display, a dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera and 4G LTE support.
There's also a feature called the "Other Half", which lets users switch out the handset's backplate. Jolla - the company, not the handset, explained, "Attach the Other Half and your Jolla becomes alive and unique. Magically, the software changes to match your selected colour and design. Your Ambience. Your Jolla."
The Jolla smartphone is the first handset to run Jolla's Sailfish OS, which is essentially a reworked version of Nokia's now defunct Meego OS. The Sailfish OS is compatible with Android apps, Jolla boasted, and features a predominantly gesture based user interface.
The Jolla handset will be available in Europe by the end of 2013, sporting a €399 price tag. It's available to preorder now and there are three preorder options available. Buyers who go for the Jolla €0 preorder package are guaranteed a handset at €399 when it launches later this year, while the €40 and €100 packages offer users a guaranteed handset and a free t-shirt, or an exclusive backplate, a t-shirt and a €100 voucher, respectively.
Jolla has yet to announce UK availability details. µ
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